We all know the warm feeling that comes from feeling included. Whether it’s on the school yard or at work, being welcome plays a huge part in not only our wellbeing but in our development and potential. That’s why this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is an important one. 

On March 8th we’ll be asking you to Inspire Inclusion, so that we can forge a more inclusive world for women.

Marking the day is important and we’ll be asking this vital question. When women aren’t present, we must ask: “If not, why not?”

Our radio stations will be helping support this day of collective global activism by highlighting some incredible women in history who are championing the inclusion of women.

LMFM will be joined on-air by Laura Hannon from Kiltail, Co. Meath. Laura gave up her nursing career to become a full-time farmer on her family farm. They’ll be looking at how she’s joined a male dominated field and what that change has been like for her.

Over on Live 95 we’ll be looking at how the inclusion of women changed music forever, specifically songs like Nothing Compares To You, which was written by Prince but made famous by Sinead O’Connor’s iconic voice.

If you tune into C103 in Cork we’ll be discussing the inclusion of women in politics, with a panel of women politicians in conversation.

The Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM will amplify inclusion by using their show to speak to women of diverse backgrounds who have made Cork their home. 

Internally we’ll be marking International Women’s Day with a special Pair and Share event where we’ll be getting to know the women of the business better by taking time out to do some 1-1 sessions where we explore what we have in common and what makes us different.

We’ll also be raising important funds for women’s charities throughout the week of International Women’s Day. In Limerick, Live 95 will host a coffee morning to raise money for period poverty. 

U105 is partnering with the Radio Academy and Women in Media Belfast for an event at Belfast City Hall on Wed March 6th. The event, supported by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, will hear from a range of women involved in media and linked sectors and at various stages of their careers. 

The rest of our stations across the group will be bringing that theme of inclusion by raising money for Women’s Aid through coffee mornings across the country. 

Inclusion is essential when it comes to paving a path for the future. While celebration of women is part of this annual acknowledgement, we are tasked with remembering that when women are discriminated against, we must call out poor practice and when the treatment of women is not equitable, we must take action.

This article is from March’s edition of Urban Media Amplify. For more information or to sign up, visit: https://www.urbanmedia.ie/amplify/

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